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Posted by neecer, Mar 14, 2014.

After reading several of the posts here I realize that as a casual drinker I am  very much a wine novice but a recent bout with my mortality has given me a new appreciation for the things I enjoy.  Living in Washington/Oregon I have tasted many wines but most were introduced to me by friends who are much more knowledgeable than I am.

 I never really learned why I liked some and not others, I don't drink much but  enjoy wine with meals or a glass with friends around a tray of good cheese, fruits and other snacks.  Recently I was in Italy and went on some wine tours,  the 'hosts' were amazing. They helped guide me in learning how to appreciate wines and why. I very much enjoyed many of the Chianti Classicos and others from the Tuscany area. I did send some home so as I open them I will try to give you all  my impressions, not sure if I will have the 'lingo' right but will do the best I can, I look forward to your insights and opinions.   
BTW:The Italian sheep cheese is wonderful with wine.


Reply by EMark, Mar 14, 2014.

Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Neecer.  It looks like you have cracked the code on getting the most out of your life.  

So many of your comments struck a cord with me.  One of the reasons that I spend a lot of time here on Snooth is because I have made friends with people who "are much more knowledgeable than I am."  I have been borrowing the knowledge of others for quite a few decades, now.  It is a great way to learn.

Also, don't worry too much about "lingo."  Honesty is all that matters.  Of course, if you see some nomenclature you don't understand, ask about it.  Most people here, especially, I suppose, me, love to pontificate.

We look forward to learning from you, Neecer.  I am already envious of your Italy trip.  Where in Italy did you visit?

Reply by neecer, Mar 14, 2014.

Thanks EMARK, The friend I was visiting was living in Siena, from there I went to Rome, Florence, Pompeii, and Naples. There was so much to see and do it was hard to decide. When we went to Rome I went with her class so I had a personal guide (Well, the art history teacher was there for the class but I got a lot out of it too).

 Northern Italy is so beautiful and the food was wonderful. The wines were very good even the cheap 4 euro bottles we drank at the house, granted this is my rookie opinion.
I am looking at going back sometime soon, till then I will sip the wines as they get here from Italy and try some others that I can get here. The wines I bought were from small wineries that don't distribute in the US, I drink them with friends who are a bit more experienced than I am, no sense sharing with someone who would drink them for effect rather than enjoyment. I am looking forward to widening my experience.

Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 14, 2014.

Hi Neecer, just showed my wife your first post and she recognized the car park in the background as being in Montalcino, where she enjoyed a week of vacation last year. Welcome to snooth!  We've been to Washington state and to Oregon several times and are planning our next trip to visit our son in Portland this July. You are very lucky to live in an area with plenty of access to great wine. I'm no wine expert but I've really enjoyed the snooth forum and have learned quite a bit here. I look forward to hearing more about your wine experiences and also any of your wine travels (we're currently booked for a southern Rhone trip in June).

Reply by neecer, Mar 15, 2014.

Hey Vinovino, I was was in Italy last November- December, loved it. What did your wife think of the wines in Montalcino? I really like the sheep cheese but all the food was great even when I wasn't sure what I was eating. I was invited to the Thanksgiving dinner the school had for the students, Pasta with a pumpkin sauce (interesting), wild boar that had a sauce  with grapes in it (really good) and a flan type thing for dessert, I sound so worldly don't I.

Your Rhone trip sounds like fun, are you staying in one spot or roaming? One of the wine store here is doing a lot of wine tastings so I think I'm going to try some of them. Learning why I like some wines and love others is interesting. I would love to hear about your trip when you get back.

Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 16, 2014.
L loved the wines and was equally impressed with the presentation.  She says the waiter sets a little table, brings out the bottle (with a flourish), brings out the glasses and then pours just a bit in each glass and swirls it around to coat the inside.  She's going back in May with her good friend who is participating in a conference. This time around they'll be staying in San Gimignano.  We were in Charleston SC last week at the Wine and Food festival and we met and got to talking with Elisabetta Fagiuoli who was there pouring her Montenidoli wines.  Needless to say she invited L to pay a visit, which will be a fantastic addition to her trip.
Regarding wine store tastings - you'll see a lot of advice here and to a person they'll encourage you to taste all you can.  Don't be afraid of things that don't sound familiar or look or smell different.  I just finished up a wine class where we were tasting 8 to 12 different wines each time.  It was amazing the subtle differences you can detect with side by side comparisons.
Anyway, please keep us informed of your wine and travel adventures - Cheers!
Reply by GregT, Mar 17, 2014.

Neecer - we are all novices here and none of us has the lingo down. I still have no idea what most people are talking about when they describe wine to me. But then, I don't know what I'm talking about most of the time either. Anyhow, the one thing you should do is stick around, as e-mark said. Many people show up for a minute, say hello, and never return. If you want to learn, you need to participate.

Oh, and BTW, those Tuscan wines are likely to have been based on Sangiovese. And guess what? Washington makes some credible Sangiovese. So you're in luck.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 19, 2014.

What he said. I prefer the term amateur. We are into wine because we love wine. Some of us know more than others about certain wines but each of us can learn from our fellow Snoothers! I do all the time! Participation is key, I'll have to second Greg on that too. Damn, he is on top of his game today!

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